PASSIONATE: Roma artist Susie Klein will open her exhibit this weekend, which feature more than 60 pieces created from her adventures across Australia.
PASSIONATE: Roma artist Susie Klein will open her exhibit this weekend, which feature more than 60 pieces created from her adventures across Australia. Tom GIllespie

'Closet artist' Klein holding new exhibit

SUSIE Klein is a self-described 'closet artist'.

In her words "it means people know you do art but they don't get to see it”.

Well that's all about to change, with the eclectic Roma artist featuring more than 60 pieces in her fourth exhibit.

The exhibition, titled Stories of Cultural Connection, explores Ms Klein's adventures and stylistic inspirations across south-west Queensland and throughout Australia.

While some canvas art followed her meticulous perfectionist style, the proud indigenous woman said there was a noticeable shift in her attention to detail - a very deliberate move.

"I'm a real advocate for self-expression - I struggle with my own perfectionism,” she said.

As she spoke to the Western Star out the back of the Community Arts Centre, Ms Klein was putting the final touches on a massive six-metre rolled-paint canvas piece.

But even with the massive streaks of red, white and yellow paint, she said it was hard to resist keeping control of her hand.

"It was a very neat roll - only four paintings in the exhibit are uncontrolled,” she said.

The labour of love took Ms Klein three years to complete.

On top of her more traditional pieces, the opening on Saturday, August 13 at noon will feature full body paintings of two women, including local body-builder Fiona Flanders.

The exhibit will be open to the public from Friday.


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